Betty's Famous Cinnamon Rolls Recipe -
Betty's Famous Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
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Betty's Famous Cinnamon Rolls

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"Absolutely the best cinnamon rolls, ever. So good, you can't NOT make them, let alone, stop eating them. A little hard work but totally worth it in the end. Substitute walnuts or raisins for pecans if you desire. Very good right out of the oven, or right out of the fridge, place a pat of butter on top and microwave for 20 seconds!"

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Original recipe makes 0 dozen rolls Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    3 hrs 35 mins


  1. Mix 1 1/2 cup white sugar, cinnamon, and pecans together in a bowl; set aside to be used as filling later.
  2. Whisk yeast and warm water together in a separate bowl; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon white sugar. Continue whisking until well incorporated. Set aside until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. Place warm milk, 2/3 cup white sugar, 2/3 cup melted butter, salt, eggs, and yeast mixture in a stand mixer; mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Add 4 cups flour; mix on medium until completely smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer dough to a large bowl; knead the remaining 4 cups flour into dough with hands until dough is slightly stiff and sticky, 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer dough to a large greased bowl; cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Remove plastic wrap from bowl and punch down dough. Set dough aside to rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Roll dough out onto a well-floured surface, forming a 15x20-inch rectangle. Brush entire rectangle of dough with 1/2 cup melted butter; sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar filling. Tightly roll up dough, starting from a long end and pinch edges together to seal. Cut dough, using dental floss, into 15 to 20 slices.
  7. Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish with 1/2 cup melted butter; sprinkle with 1/3 cup white sugar.
  8. Arrange cinnamon rolls close together in the prepared casserole dish. Allow to rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  10. Bake rolls in the preheated oven until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
  11. Beat confectioners' sugar, 2/3 cup melted butter, vanilla extract, and maple extract together in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Glaze can thicken depending on freshness and brand of powdered sugar. If it is too thick to drizzle, add a touch more butter, one teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 12, 2012

This is a good recipe for cinnamon rolls. I left out the pecans and maple extract, because I didn't have any, and I accidentally rolled the dough the wrong way, so I came out with 10 giant rolls, but I just cut them in half to serve. :) The bread part came out fluffy, and the taste was sweet, but not too sweet. My glaze was too thick to drizzle, but (since I didn't have a lot of time to continue adding butter), I just smeared it thinly with a spoon, and it melted a bit. I would use this recipe again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 19, 2013

I followed this recipe step by step and they came out horrible the dough was hard and never really raised Im upset i wasted so much butter and cinnamon I do not recommend this recipe. even the frosting was wack. I had to add milk to thin it out..I give this a -1 rateing


9 Ratings

Dec 03, 2012

These were amazing! Mine came out VERY large, but they tasted fabulouse.

Dec 09, 2013

Bella, I'm betting your yeast was bad. There is no way this recipe could produce anything but terrific cinnamon rolls!

Apr 18, 2015

I just made this - my first cinnamon rolls ever. I adjusted the amounts for 9 servings, which made one spring form (10 inches I think?) full. They were just excellent! I used brown sugar and no nuts, but I don't think it would have been different with white sugar. Everybody loved them. I didn't use the glaze, but "The Perfect Cinnamon Roll Icing" recipe (also cut down to 9 servings). I don't live in the U.S., so I thought cinnamon rolls were too advanced or just not doable with good results, but these are fantastic. THANK YOU so much for sharing the recipe!

Nov 27, 2013

I LOVE this recipe, I made it last year as a cinnamon roll newbie and it came out perfect!

Feb 28, 2013

I've made these several times now and they are amazing. Super easy to make and fun to share with my co-workers and family. Used a different icing recipe because I wanted to use a cream cheese icing but otherwise these are great!


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  • Calories
  • 736 kcal
  • 37%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 101.9 g
  • 33%
  • Cholesterol
  • 85 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 34 g
  • 52%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 8.7 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 444 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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